Title from incipit printed in red on leaf a2 recto.
Imprint and date from colophon on leaf r7 verso, which reads in full: Opus elementoru[m] Euclidis Megarensis in geometria[m] arte[m] In id quoq[ue] Campani p[er]spicacissimi co[m]mentationes finiu[n]t. Erhardus Ratdolt Augustensis impressor solertissimus. Venetijs impressit. Anno salutis.M.cccc.lxxxij. Octauis calen[das] Iun[is]. Lector. Vale.
Euclid is the author of the first 13 books, Hypsicles of the 14th, while the 15th belongs to the school of Isidorus Milesius.
Translated from Arabic into Latin by Adelardus Bathoniensis. The translation of Book 15 is assigned to Gerardus Cremonensis in BSB-Ink.
Revision and commentary by Campanus Novariensis.
At least seven copies have the dedicatory epistle by Erhard Ratdolt to Giovanni Mocenigo printed in gold in a variant typesetting. Copies are also known with leaves 2-9 in variant typesetting (see Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke Anm. 2).
For a stop-press variant, see C. Bühler, A Typographical Error in the Editio Princeps of Euclid, Gutenberg Jahrbuch, 1966, pp. 102-104.
Signatures: a¹⁰ b-r⁸ (a1-a2 unsigned; r8=blank).
Chancery folio; c5 (i.e. fol. 23) recto: 44 lines plus headline, 202 (211) x 118 mm; types: 155G (headline on a1 verso), 92G (preface, definitions, enunciations), 91G (remainder of text), 100R (headlines), 56 (75)G (lettering of diagrams); woodcut partial border on leaf a2 recto and woodcut initials throughout.
Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, V, 285
Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, 9428
Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, E113
Incunabula short title catalogue,, ie00113000
COPY NOTE: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.402.22 FOLIO imperfect: a1 and r8 (both blank) wanting. Sheets n3.6 and n4.5 bound out of order. Leaf dimensions: 302 x 206 mm.
PROVENANCE: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.402.22 FOLIO with bookplate of the BPL Bowditch Fund. Two early inscriptions on a2 recto, one of which is dated 1550. At head of a2 recto: Roman numerals N XXCCCIII, under which the name "Euclidus" is inscribed in iron gall ink. Purchased April, 1916.
BINDING: Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy Q.402.22 FOLIO quarterbound in early mottled sheepskin over bevelled wooden boards. Early leather spine label with the title inscribed. Shell-style metal clasps removed by BPL conservators in 2015. Remnant of early sheepskin tie. Early front pastedown of medieval parchment manuscript waste, dated 10 June, 1376, functions as front flyleaf. Parchment sewing guards in most gatherings.
No page assertions. No copyright page found. No table-of-contents pages found.